Traders succeed in securing additional parking spaces

December 2, 2016 by  

A group of Croydon South traders are celebrating a win after Maroondah Council answered their call for more parking in the mall.

The news comes 12 months after about 20 Eastfield Shopping Centre traders put in a petition highlighting the requirement for more parking.

In the submission, the traders said the parking issue had been a problem for months and customers were regularly required to circle for 10 minutes in an effort to access the shopping outlets, which ranged from fashion boutiques to print shops.

Initially, council had refused the request, but following a traffic study midyear, found the submission had merit and agreed to establish a 14-space carpark close to the centre.

A council spokesman said property owners were presented with two options: the $70,000 gravel carpark and a more substantial 36-space asphalt carpark, estimated to cost $280,000. The cheaper gravel carpark won the support of traders and property owners.

Owner of Organic Natural Food Daniela De Martino, who campaigned for the extra parking, said the outcome was a win for customers and traders.

Meanwhile, council has also received a petition from over 1,000 frustrated locals seeking the establishment of a multistorey carpark near Croydon Station due to similar traffic chaos.

The new Eastfield carpark will be established on council-owned land close to the central shopping area, with the inclusion of extra disabled spaces also being considered, according to the spokesman.